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Dodd-Frank Act: The Conflict Minerals Provisions 2011

Speaker(s): Catherine T. Dixon, Jeffrey W. Rubin, Jerry Meyers
Recorded on: Jan. 6, 2011
PLI Program #: 31873

Jeffrey Rubin's practice focuses on domestic and international securities transactions, corporate finance transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. In the securities area, Jeffrey has represented issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placement transactions, with an emphasis on international transactions. Over the past few years, he has also represented private equity funds in connection with technology and other portfolio investments.
Among the numerous acquisitions in which Jeffrey has been involved are the acquisitions of a movie studio, television network, and publishing house on behalf of an international media and entertainment company. He has assisted clients in the disposition of a wide range of businesses, including technology companies, commercial printing companies, and businesses in the trade show, radio, and publishing industries. Many of the transactions in which he has been involved have required extensive international coordination.

In August 2012, Jeffery was honored by the American Bar Association Business Law Section, and awarded the Section Chair's Award, given annually to the section member who has contributed most significantly to the section and its members.

Jeffrey has been named in The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, 2006-2012 and New York Super Lawyers, 2006-2011.


  • Represented a leading international media and entertainment company in a variety of securities transactions, aggregating in excess of $10 billion, including offerings of approximately $2.2 billion of senior and exchangeable debt.
  • Acted as principal securities counsel for a major U.S.-based media and entertainment company in connection with its $2.8 billion initial public offering, and in subsequent securities transactions by this company.
  • Represented a UK-based broadcasting company in connection with its $1 billion initial public offering, and subsequent debt and equity offerings aggregating approximately $2.5 billion.
  • Represented the acquirer in the acquisition of a large television station group for $5.3 billion.

Catherine Dixon is a partner in Weil’s Washington, D.C. office and a recognized authority on the federal securities laws, as amended over the past decade by the JOBS Act of 2012, the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Her practice encompasses public and private company disclosure advice, capital markets transactions (including public and private offerings), mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and compliance-related matters. Ms. Dixon is a member of Weil’s Public Company Advisory Group.

Prior to joining Weil, Ms. Dixon was Chief Counsel of the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). She previously served as Chief of that Division’s Offices of Mergers & Acquisitions and Disclosure Policy (rulemaking), respectively, and as Counsel to SEC Commissioner Steven M.H. Wallman. She also served as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (through the Department’s Honors Program), before joining the SEC in the appellate litigation section of the Office of the General Counsel.

Ms. Dixon frequently speaks and writes on various federal securities laws topics. She is co-author of a well-known treatise on the federal proxy rules, Aranow and Einhorn on Proxy Contests for Corporate Control (3d ed., with Randall Thomas). Ms. Dixon also has taught a course on mergers & acquisitions at Georgetown University Law School, as an adjunct faculty member. She is the immediate former Chair, and a current member, of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section’s Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities, after serving successive terms as Committee Vice-Chair, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee’s Securities Registration Subcommittee and Co-Chair of this Committee’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions. Ms. Dixon is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is a member of the ABA Business Law Section’s Publication Board.

Ms. Dixon has been recognized in such publications as Who’s Who Legal (2013 – 2018, Corporate – M&A and Governance), Best Lawyers in America (2007-2019, Securities/Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law), The Best Lawyers in Washington, D.C. (2018, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Compliance Law and Securities / Capital Markets Law) and Washington DC Super Lawyers (2013 – 2015, Securities and Corporate Finance).

Ms. Dixon received her J.D., magna cum laude, and her B.S., cum laude, from Creighton University. After law school, Ms. Dixon clerked for the Honorable William C. Stuart, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and the Honorable Henry A. Politz, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is a member of the District of Columbia and Iowa Bar Associations.